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Smead Aerospace graduate program ranked No. 5 among public universities by US News

March 29, 2022

The College of Engineering and Applied Science came in at No. 11 amongst its public university peers in U.S. News and World Report ’s Best Graduate Schools rankings for 2023. The college is ranked No. 23 overall, when compared with both public and private peers. The overall ranking represents a...

Scott Palo with the QB-50 CubeSat.

CU Boulder lands Air Force grant to design new CubeSat for Earth orbit

Dec. 14, 2021

Scott Palo wants to send RALPHIE to space. RALPHIE the satellite, that is. The U.S. Air Force is providing support to help make it happen...

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McMahon part of NASA's first-ever mission to redirect the path of an asteroid

Nov. 29, 2021

University of Colorado Boulder Associate Professor Jay McMahon is a participating scientist on NASA's DART, or Double Asteroid Redirect Test mission, which launched last week. Denver's 9News spoke with McMahon about the project, which aims to test asteroid deflection technology. DART will travel to and then intentionally crash into the...

Tim Minton working with students.

Record breaking $50 million+ year for aerospace research at CU Boulder

Oct. 26, 2021

The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder has had a record-breaking year for research funding, bringing in $53 million in awards. The fiscal year 2021 number, which totals $53,101,624, blasts by the previous record of $33.2 million, set just one year ago in 2020...

Lightning.

Lightning strikes may trigger short-term thinning in the ozone layer

Oct. 11, 2021

Crack! Lightning strikes are bright and loud—violent enough to shake your bones and light up the sky. Now, a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder suggests that these powerful events may also alter the chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere, even affecting Earth’s all-important ozone layer. The results, published...

Scott Palo

New $25 million research center to study the radio frequency spectrum

Sept. 15, 2021

Researchers at CU Boulder will take part in a $25 million effort to study a natural resource that’s becoming increasingly in demand: the radio frequency spectrum. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced the new initiative, called SpectrumX . It will be led by the University of Notre Dame...

Graduate students Michael Klonowski, left, and Daniel Aguilar-Marsillach, right, work in the Raytheon Space & Intelligence Vision, Autonomy, and Decision Research Lab at CU Boulder, which studies new methods for tracking and managing satellite traffic in space.

New effort to bolster Colorado’s national security and aerospace workforce

Sept. 10, 2021

The University of Colorado Boulder has received a $2 million gift from The Anschutz Foundation to support the university’s diverse research in aerospace and national defense—from tracking and protecting satellites in orbit to improving the security of mobile devices. The effort dovetails with a new research partnership between the CU...

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McMahon receives Outstanding Faculty Graduate Advisor Award

Aug. 23, 2021

Associate Professor Jay McMahon has been recognized with an Outstanding Faculty Graduate Advisor Award. The honor, bestowed by the College of Engineering and Applied Science, recognizes faculty who demonstrate exceptional advising skills and who serve as role models to other advisors. Honorees are selected based on the scores and comments...

Marcus Holzinger

Holzinger speaks to U.S. Senate on space situational awareness

July 22, 2021

“Exponential commercial utilization of space is simultaneously inspiring and terrifying.” Marcus Holzinger has addressed the U.S. Congress on space situational awareness and space traffic management. It is a subject with increasing importance as more nations and commercial businesses launch satellites into orbit around our planet. Holzinger, an associate professor in...

Marcus Holzinger

Holzinger to address U.S. Senate subcommittee on space situational awareness

July 15, 2021

Update: The Hearing was held Thursday. Read Professor Holzinger's testimony. Marcus Holzinger , a Smead Faculty Fellow and associate professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, is set to speak to the United States Senate. Holzinger will address the Subcommittee on Space and Science on...

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